Bulldogs Send Seniors Out on a Winning Note in Home Finale over Kalamazoo, 10-3

The Adrian Bulldogs defeated Kalamazoo, 10-3, in their final men's lacrosse home game Tuesday. (Photo by Corey Graham)
The Adrian Bulldogs defeated Kalamazoo, 10-3, in their final men's lacrosse home game Tuesday. (Photo by Corey Graham)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Freshman Griffin Davison paced the offense with four goals, and senior Cody Schmitt spearheaded a suffocating defense with nine ground balls and five caused turnovers, to propel the Adrian College men's lacrosse team to a 10-3 comeback victory over Kalamazoo College on Tuesday evening.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Adrian 10, Kalamazoo 3

= Location: Docking Stadium, Adrian, Mich.; Weather conditions: Partly Cloudy, 66 degrees, Wind ENE 10 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 4-9 overall (2-4 MIAA); Kalamazoo Hornets 4-9 overall (0-6 MIAA)

TOP 'DAWGS
Davison led all scorers with the four tallies to go along with tying his career-best for ground balls at four.

= Schmitt also scored twice on top of leading all student-athletes in ground balls and caused turnovers (ties career high set versus Alma in 2015).

= Seniors Justin Polischuk (1g, 1a), Matt Scherer (2a), juniors Michael Turner (1g, 1a), Callum Clark (1g, 1a), and freshman Todd Gipson-Goodnough (2a) also had multiple-point games for the Bulldogs.

= Junior Caleb Vanderlugt was 8-for-17 in the face-off "X."

= Senior Brett Farrelly posted four ground balls from the cage, where he made six stops.

THE OPPOSITION
Clapton Marquis scored two goals and Brett Fitzgerald equaled him with two points on a goal and an assist.

Nate Silverman had a game-best 13 saves in the cage, plus he had four ground balls.

Zach Morales chipped in three ground balls and four caused turnovers.

HOW IT HAPPENED
Brett Fitzgerald took a feed from Jake Bonifacio to put Kzoo up 1-0 with 13 minutes and 14 seconds left in the opening quarter, and Marquis followed with less than 2 minutes later.

= After a slow start in which it trailed 2-0 and didn't cross midfield until about 5 minutes gone, Adrian reeled off three goals in a 1:29 span to take the lead for good. Davison bookended a pair of goals around a marker by Schmitt that was worthy of a highlight reel play. Schmitt, a long-pole defender, caused a turnover and picked up the ground ball at midfield, then raced down the middle of the field, splitting the Hornets' defense, to get the game-tying goal.

= Sophomore Conor Redden scored what proved to be the game-winner to open the second stanza, giving the Bulldogs a 4-2 advantage.

= The Adrian defense held the Hornets scoreless in the second half, while the offense scored five times in both halves.

= The Bulldogs also enjoyed statistical advantages in shots (45-19), shots on goal (23-9), ground balls (32-19), turnovers (15-26), caused turnovers (9-5), clears (18-21, 18-23) and man-up goals (2-for-5, 0-for-5).

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= Farrelly needs two saves to surpass Kevin Lerg (2011-14) for the school's career record of 486.

= Farrelly also leaped over Silverman for fourth place in MIAA saves with 121 this season.

= Davison leads the team with 30 goals and 42 points.

= The Bulldogs lead the all-time series over the Hornets, 2-0. Adrian won 8-3 at Kzoo in 2016.

= The three goals allowed tie a season low and the 15 turnovers are the fewest the Bulldogs have committed this spring.

UP NEXT
= Adrian will have its season finale on Saturday at MIAA opponent Alma College, beginning at 1 p.m. Live stats

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